On This Day in History: May 2

On May 2, an English queen was arrested and the head of a terrorist organization was killed. Here is a look at events and birthdays around the world today in history.

1536: Anne Boleyn Arrested for Treason

Just two days after the arrest of Mark Smeaton, Anne Boleyn was arrested. This followed the arrests of Sir HenryAnne Boleyn Norris, Sir William Brereton, and others. George Boleyn was also arrested, and it didn’t take long for alleged evidence to turn up and Thomas Cromwell to accuse him of incest with Anne. While Anne was kept in the Queen’s chambers in the Tower of London, she would never be freed. Within three weeks, she would be found guilty of treason, adultery, and incest and executed for her crimes. Historians continue to debate whether her charges against her were really true or just a way for Cromwell to take down the Boleyn faction.

1874: John B. Jones Gains Major Commission in the Texas Rangers

Due to his military efforts and accomplishments during the Civil War, John B. Jones won a commission as major in the Texas Rangers on this day in history. His first command was the Frontier Battalion, which consisted of 500 men along the Texas frontier. He needed to control Texas outlaws and keep hostile border Indians out of the state. Just six weeks after becoming a major, he faced his first Indians, only to narrowly come out without serious losses. That fight would help him learn from mistakes and go on to have a glowing career in effectively repelling invasions.

1972: Death of J. Edgar Hoover

J. Edgar Hoover is known as the man who set up the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). After almost five decades J. Edgar Hooverin the position of director, he died today in history of heart disease, leaving the FBI with no cear administrator. It was just as the Watergate affair was about to be exposed, where the public learned that the FBI had protected President Nixon illegally from the investigation. Hoover’s death didn’t just bring a change of director, but uncertainty into the future of the organization due to the abuse of power.

2011: Death of Osama bin Laden

On May 2, 2011, President Barak Obama delivered a press conference to the world, sharing that his U.S. forces had successfully found and killed Osama bin Laden. He had long been known as the mastermind behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and had been hiding in a compound in Pakistan. A raid took place in the early hours of the morning, after a decade of searching for him and monitoring movements. The break in the hunt had only come in August 2010 due to the CIA analysts tracking the courier into the compound. The raid took place without the Pakistani officials being notified.

Famous Birthdays on May 2

Emperor Yongle of China—1360

Leonor of Viseu, Queen of Portugal—1458

Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia—1729

British prime minister, William Petty, Early of Shelburne—1737

Parliamentarian, Henry Martyn Robert—1837

Ballroom dancer, Vernon Castle—1877

Pediatrician, Benjamin Spock—1903

Politician Gérard D. Lévesque—1926

King Moshoeshoe II of Lesotho—1938

It’s My Party singer Lesley Gore—1946

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson—1972

Singer Lily Allen—1985

Princess Charlotte of Cambridge—2015


Featured image via Deposit Photos

Birthdays from OnThisDay.com and HistoryNet.com

Anne Boleyn: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Anne_boleyn.jpg

J. Edgar Hoover: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._Edgar_Hoover#/media/File:Hoover-JEdgar-LOC.jpg

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